From the unflappable flappers to the Black Is Beautiful women to the hats and dresses of hard working designers, black women have influenced American fashion in fabulous ways. 

10 Fashionable Black Women and Their Influences

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Zelda Winn Valdez made a significant contribution to the world of fashion, beginning in the1940's when she opened her own shop and began designing for many of the leading black women of the day, including the beautiful Dorothy Dandridge pictured last on our slide show. She made dresses and pantsuits that were curve hugging and sexy, and caught the eye of Hugh Hefner who eventually commissioned her to design the now famous Playboy bunny suits.

Taking a glimpse into American history, we highlight some particularly notable black women who influenced our culture with their fashion.